New plays on campus

New plays on campus


All of the regular general member benefits for 6 students and/or faculty members (additional students can be added for a discounted price of $25/each), including access to our online database of script submission opportunities, discounted seminars and classes, the chance to work one-on-one with a dramaturg, and more, plus:

Core Apprentice Program

Students of New Plays on Campus schools can apply to be Core Apprentices, who are granted fully-funded play development workshops at Playwrights’ Center and a mentorship with a professional playwright.
Playwriting Classes & Seminars

Online playwriting classes and seminars geared toward topics that pertain to college students and recent graduates offered at member rates and taught by working playwrights from around the country.
Membership Orientations & Class Visits

Request an individualized online session with University Programs and Partnerships staff. We can provide an overview of Membership resources and Fellowship opportunities, or talk with students about a range of topics in playwriting.
Script-matching Services

Find new plays for your stage. Access to the most exciting new work in the country, year-round, before anyone else. Playwrights’ Center has access to a vast nationwide network of playwrights and plays. Let us be your “literary manager at large.” We’ll narrow the pool to meet your requirements, then you select the play or playwright. Scripts are drawn from the Center’s high-caliber Core Writers, Fellows, and Affiliated Writers, assuring a professional commitment to excellence.
Playwright Residencies

Bring a playwright to your school. Rely on us to match you with a playwright you’re interested in working with for an on-campus residency, on-site commission, teaching experience, or collaborative work with students.
Student Internships

Special internships throughout the year can be arranged to give students hands-on experience with the new play development process. New Plays on Campus members are given priority consideration for internships.

Who should enroll?

College and university theaters can enroll students and faculty.

What’s the membership fee?

New Plays on Campus memberships are a great value at $300 annually.

Want to bring New Plays on Campus to your school?

Contact us!

For more information about the New Plays on Campus program, please contact Shalee Cole Mauleón, University Programs and Partnerships Associate, at or 612-547-5742.

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Arizona State University

School of Film, Dance and Theatre


School of Theater, Film, and Television

University of California – San Diego

Department of Theatre & Dance


Creative Writing Program

Boise State University

Theatre, Film and Creative Writing

Indiana University

Department of Theatre, Drama, and Contemporary Dance

Iowa State University

MFA Program in Creative Writing & Environment

Spalding University

Creative Writing

Boston University

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre

Smith College

Department of Theatre

Rhode Island
Brown University

Department of Theatre Arts & Performance Studies

University of Texas – Austin

Department of Theatre and Dance

Brigham Young University

Theatre and Media Arts

Bennington College

Theatre + Dance

Hollins University

The Playwrights’ Lab, Playwriting MFA

West Viginia
West Virginia University

School of Theatre & Dance

New plays on campus University courses
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Playwrights’ Center is rapidly expanding its presence at universities across the US, and soon around the world. Explore our interactive map of New Plays on Campus schools to dive in further.

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Praise for New Plays on Campus

The NPOC workshop was a wonderful first taste of what life as a working playwright could be like. When I saw the Playwrights’ Center for the first time I was stunned, in awe that a national center for playwriting was housed inside a church—it was beautiful, and empowering.

This play engaged our students’ imaginations more than any other project I’ve seen in a while.

It is one of the first times that I can honestly say that such a bridge between the professional world and college theater makes us connect in a way that is creative, important, and useful for all parties involved.

Asked if New Plays On Campus could “change American theater,” Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Artistic Director Gregg Henry chuckles. “I think it is possible…I don’t mean to be Pollyanna about it, but everybody’s going to benefit from this.”

The Core Apprenticeship provided me with a fantastic mentor and a full week of new play development; it gave me tremendous and vital support as I left grad school.

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig

MFA playwriting student at University of Texas-Austin, about the workshop of her play The Other Side of the Closet

David Johnson

Associate Professor of Theater at Virginia Tech, about NPOC and their production of TALLGRASS GOTHIC by Melanie Marnich

Karen Peterson Wilson

Theater Department Chair at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, about NPOC and their production of PERPETUA by Vincent Delaney

From a Variety magazine article by Mark Blankenship

Basil Kreimendahl

MFA playwriting student at Iowa Writers’ Workshop, 2012-13 Core Apprentice, 2013-14 Jerome Fellow, 2014-15 McKnight Fellow